Green Valley - Arizona
 
Only 20 minutes south of Tucson International Airport   

         
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Local Attractions
Welcome to Green Valley, Arizona.  During your visit you will discover a wide variety of attractions and activities, or you may prefer to relax and enjoy the picturesque countryside. 

Madera Canyon is a wooded valley at the base of the Santa Rita Mountains which includes a wide assortment of hiking trails and is one of the nation's greatest locations for bird-watching. 

Explore one of the world's largest dry limestone caverns, Colossal Cave, or check out the Kartchner Caverns, which feature a network of over 13,000 feet of underground cave formations, which amounts to over 2.5 miles of cave passages to discover.

Asarco Mineral Discovery is worth a visit as well, and it features an award-winning exhibit center, mill tour, and open-pit mission mine.

San Xavier Mission is known as the "White Dove of the Desert", this building is a great example of Spanish Mission architecture.

Tubac is less than 5 miles away; the oldest European settlement that to this day is a famous collective for artists and craftsmen. 

At home, while you relax on the patio, gaze upon miles of verdant valley spread out before you, culminating in the breathtaking Santa Rita mountain range. 


The sunrise is magnificent and the sunsets are truly awesome. 
Mesquite, ocotillo and ironwood dot the unspoiled landscape, and Elephant Head Mountain rises toward a crystal clear sky.  

Enjoy your stay with us; we hope you come back again soon. 

Mike & Laurel Caprio


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Madera Canyon - Discover this sky island in a migratory corridor that attracts a remarkable number of neo-tropical birds from deep within Latin America and 16 different hummingbird species. More than 230 species of birds visit the canyon or make their homes here permanently. Madera Canyon is part of the Coronado National Forest system and is about 10 minutes, as the crow files, from Green Valley proper. For information, call 520-670-4597 www.birdingamerica.com/Arizona/maderacanyon.htm

Old
Tucson - The Western-theme amusement park and movie studio, 12 miles and 100 years from Tucson, reopened in early 1997. www.oldtucson.com/

San Xavier Del Bac - Called the white dove of the desert, this church symbolizes the continuity and depth of the region's cultural heritage. This Mexican Baroque adobe structure was completed about 1797. There is no other artistic or architectural equivalent in the
United States. Visitor information about San Xavier del Bac can be obtained by calling 520-294-2624. http://www.sanxaviermission.org/

Tucson Visitors Calendar  http://www.visittucson.org/visitor/events/

Friends of AZ Highways  http://www.friendsofazhighways.com/calendar.htm

Green Valley Recreation Centers   http://www.gvrec.org

The Center for Desert Archaeology  http://www.cdarc.org

Legends of America  http://www.legendsofamerica.com/AZ-Mainpage.html  

Kitt Peak Observatory  http://www.noao.edu/kpno/  

Ghost Town Website   http://www.ghosttowngallery.com/

The Pima Air and Space Museum - the place to visit if you are an aircraft buff. This museum features more than 250 aircraft on display, plus 60,000 artifacts, and enjoys an international reputation as one of the best. It shows virtually all U.S. military aircraft from pre-WW I to the present. Special exhibits include a replica of the 1903 Wright flyer and the Space Gallery with a full-scale mock-up of the X-15, the rocket-powered aircraft that broke the envelope of space. For more information, call 520-574-0462 or visit the website at www.pimaair.org

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - Open-air exhibits and indoor displays, the museum is considered on of the top 10 zoos in
America. More than 300 species of animals and more than 1,300 kinds of plants are exhibited in settings designed to be part zoo, part museum and part botanical garden. The museum scientists, staff and volunteers offer interpretive programs on site and at locations in the Sonoran Desert during much of the year. For info, call 520-883-2702  http://www.desertmuseum.org/  

Colossal Cave - is a crystal-filled, underground wonderland with outstanding formations like stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, boxwork and helicites. Prehistoric people had used this cave, which is listed on the national Register of Historic Places, for centuries before modern explorers discovered it in 1879. For more information, call 520-647-7275

Kartchner
Caverns State Park
- a wet 'live' cave where water still percolates from the surface and calcium carbonate features are still growing. It has an unusually wide variety of multicolored cave formations, including one of the longest soda straw stalactites in the world, measured at 21.16 feet long and a fraction of an inch in diameter. A soda straw is a hollow stalactite that is still dripping water and growing in length. Reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee a tour. Call the reservation number at 520-586-CAVE to make reservations. Please note they do not accept on-line reservations. Reservations are taken from Mountain Standard Time; Monday through Friday, excluding state recognized holidays. http://www.explorethecaverns.com/ 

The Fred Lawrence Whipple/Mount
Hopkins Observatory 
- is a world-renowned facility atop the second highest peak in the Santa Rita Mountains. The new single mirror MMT is the third largest telescope in the world. Open for guided tours from March through November on a reserved-seating basis. All-day tours leave from Whipple visitor center at the base of the mountain at For more information, call 520-670-5757 or http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/cfa/oir  

Patagonia
Lake State Park
- is a haven for swimmers, boaters, fishermen, pickers and campers. You can enjoy a day at the beach, a walk along peaceful trails, a pontoon birding tour and more. This man made lake, stretching two and a half miles in length and covering 260-acres, is the largest in Southeastern Arizona. Lake Patagonia and the Sonoita Creek Natural Area are managed by Arizona State Parks. For more information, call 520-287-6965 or http://www.pr.state.az.us  

The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park - the first state park in Arizona, is an interesting and fun place where the whole family can learn about the village's earliest inhabitants and its Spanish Colonial, Mexican and Territorial past. Visitors have the chance to grind corn with a mano and metate, spin wool, perform carpentry work and even plant and tend a Colonial garden. For more information, call 520- 398-2252 or http://www.azparks.gov/Parks/parkhtml/tubac.html

Tumacacori National Historical Park - provides visitors with a real sense of history from the Spanish Colonial missionary way of life during the 1700's. One of a chain of 21 missions established by Jesuit Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino from 1691 to 1711 in the Pimeria Alta - land of the northern Pimas - Tumacacori mission became an important center of support for the colonization of the Spanish frontier and conversion of Piman Indians to Christianity. For more information, call 520-393-2341 or www.nps.gov

The Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail
is named in honor of Tubac's 1750s Spanish Colonial presidio captain. It follows the route traveled by Anza and 240 settlers who made their way overland from Tubac to found the city of San Francisco in 1775-76. The trail is an easy hike and delightful ride for equestrians. ATV's and mountain bikes are prohibited. For more information about the trail and its friends, call the Tumacacori National Historical Park at 520-393-2341 or Tubac Presidio State Historic Park 520-398-2252.

The Titan II Missile Museum - This
s a one-of-a-kind tourist attraction that draws visitors from around the world.  Formerly an intercontinental ballistic missile site, it was deactivated in 1986 and named a National Historic Landmark in 1994. For more information, call 520-625-7736 or visit the website at www.pimaair.org  

Arivi
ca Lake - home to bass, catfish, sunfish and blue gill this 90-acre, man-made lake is about 30 miles south of Green Valley and about five miles, southwest of the village of Arivaca. For information 520-670-4597 or 520-628-5376.

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